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Exercise, Thanksgiving, & 20 Years of Marriage

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Next Tuesday my wife and I celebrate the grace of Jesus in our lives by allowing us 20 years of marriage. Praise be to His name! So I got up and exercised early this morning and now I'm heading home to pick up the fam so that we can head to the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota and celebrate what God has done!

I'm so thankful for:

1. The grace of Jesus.
2. My beautiful wife and daughter.
3. The north shore!
4. Provision so that we can go.
5. Thanksgiving weekend.

I pray you all have a blessed weekend as well!

  
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Exercise, Thanksgiving, & 20 Years of Marriage

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Next Tuesday my wife and I celebrate the grace of Jesus in our lives by allowing us 20 years of marriage. Praise be to His name! So I got up and exercised early this morning and now I'm heading home to pick up the fam so that we can head to the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota and celebrate what God has done!

I'm so thankful for:

1. The grace of Jesus.
2. My beautiful wife and daughter.
3. The north shore!
4. Provision so that we can go.
5. Thanksgiving weekend.

I pray you all have a blessed weekend as well!

  
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FRAN0426 11/24/2011 3:58PM

    Congrats on the 20 year Anniversary of your marriage. Have a safe trip to the northshore of Lake Suprior, and Happy Thanksgiving you and your family.

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My Fitness Goals for 2011-12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Because I'm a Pastor my year really goes from September to August. That's how I have to plan in a number of ways and therefore how I think about exercise as well. So for the 2011-2012 year, here are my fitness goals:

1. Improve overall fitness by doing cardio 6 days per week and strength training 3 days per week.

2. Complete my first half-marathon on May 12, 2012 (Maple Grove Half, MN).

3. Complete my first duathlon on June 23, 2012 (Coon Rapids, MN). In this event, participants run 5k, bike 14 miles, and run 5k.

4. Raise my average speed on the bike so that 19.0 mph is the new normal by June 1, 2012.

5. Complete a century bike ride (100 miles) on July 7 in sub 5:30 (my best time to date is 5:45).

Well, there it is. If I have time in the next few days, I'll write about the specific plan I have in place to reach these goals. However, I'm heading out for a few days to celebrate 20 years of marriage with my wife so this may have to wait!

Hope you have a great day!

  
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MNNICE 11/23/2011 12:54PM

    Lofty goals, but I know you'll meet them. I bet you multi-task by writing your sermons in your head while biking along!

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TAGSUIT2 11/23/2011 8:33AM

    emoticon on your 20!!! emoticon emoticon sound like you have a good God giving plan.

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Feeling Better Already

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As I said yesterday, I have been off track for the last several months but yesterday I got back on! Things did not fling apart completely so I'm not starting at zero again, not even close, but compared to where I was I did slip away quite a bit. But yesterday I was very disciplined with my eating and resting--it was my one day off of work and exercise per week--and already I feel better. My mind is clearer, I have more energy today than I have of late, I feel optimistic, etc.

Life has been hard over the last 1.5 years, and especially the last several months. I would love to write about it but honestly I'm concerned that some of the people involved in my stress might stumble across my blog and I don't want that to happen. So I'm going to keep the particulars to myself and just say this--it's been hard! And constant. And around the clock.

This is what it is, but it wasn't good to neglect my diet and exercise life as a way of coping with stress and/or managing my time day by day. This has turned around now. Today I'm going to workout for the first time in months. I've been active but not very intentional. But today that changes. I'll write about my goals tomorrow because I'm very excited about them, for now, I'm off to the races, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my faith!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

  
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BILL60 11/23/2011 8:44AM

    Welcome back, my friend. Hang tough!!

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FRAN0426 11/22/2011 2:15PM

    Good for you that you have decided to ramp up the exercising and watching the food intake once again----one day at a time.

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JO0926 11/22/2011 9:41AM

    Best of luck to you!! God bless.

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Getting back on Track

Monday, November 21, 2011

This here is an honest blog!

I've lost it. After the TRAM (300 mile bike ride in SE Minnesota) last August I just lost focus and then the weeks went by and one day I turned around and realized that I had lost my rhythm and discipline. I was losing fitness and gaining weight but I didn't do anything about it.

And of course, it's a law of the universe, established by the Lord himself--you reap what you sow. One day gave way to another and my commitment to self-care for the glory of Christ waned...and waned.

I don't know how much I weigh right now because I don't want to get on the scale. And I don't know how out of shape I am because I haven't been to the gym or on the bike in a long time. So here's the plan: get back into the rhythm I already know and love for a couple of weeks and then weigh in!

It's not so much a denial thing as it is a momentum thing. I can deal with whatever I weigh but I'd rather feel strong, see a decent number, and then work hard, hard, hard to reach my main goal for this year: push past the 200 barrier and get to 190 lbs by July 1, 2012!

Today is actually my only day off each week so I'll be resting. I plan to keep my cals at 1500 today and have a good start at that so far. And I feel good about resting as I played in a 2.5 hour football game yesterday and got a very good workout in. So today I rest and then tomorrow I attack the gym. The plan is not to take it easy but to hit it hard and assess where I'm at. I can recover later! Plus I want to shock my body into realizing that it's time to get back on track.

And as far as nutrition goes, I'm going to shoot for about 1800 cals per day because that's what it takes for me to lose the kind of weight I want to lose this year.

Why did this happen? Simply put, I let some very significant stresses in my life get to me, I took my eyes off the Lord and his best plan for me, I stopped taking care of myself and started turning toward "comfort foods," going out, and "rest"--translate "laziness."

I can't remember how many times I've said to myself over the last couple of months, "I'll get back on track tomorrow." Those days are over--I am back on track today!

Pray for me, and thanks for reading.

  


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